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  • Fire department’s HR director job could become temporary

    The human resources director position surfaced again as a bone of contention at the Evergreen Fire Protection District meeting Nov. 19 at department headquarters on Bergen Parkway.

    The topic came up in the wake of the resignation of Sheri Lyn Majors, who was hired in October as a part-time staff person for 16 hours a week after the resignation of consultant Patti Duncan. Majors left after four weeks to return to her former employer.

  • Water district plans $4.5 million in projects in 2009

    The days of Evergreen’s long-abandoned rooftop tennis court at Highway 74 and Meadow Drive are numbered.

    The big concrete slab at the wastewater treatment plant is big enough to hold two tennis courts, the outlines of which can still be seen from above. But after reigning for 35 years as a neighborhood eyesore, the concrete roof, which covers treatment machinery and aeration tanks, has been deemed unsound and has to be replaced before it collapses. The job is expected to cost $2 million.

  • An open-door policy

    A recent surge in vehicle break-ins and burglaries involving open garage doors has hit South Jeffco, and police are asking residents to avoid helping the criminals to commit the crimes.

    "They're assisting the crooks in becoming victims," said Capt. Patricia Woodin, who runs the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office south precinct. She said many of the recent burglaries and car thefts could have been prevented.

  • Parents urge support for special needs

    About a dozen members of the special-needs classes and their parents made an appearance at a rec district board meeting Nov. 18 to express concerns about the special-needs program under the district’s recently announced reorganization plan.

    “The restructuring and reorganization is confusing, and the discussion about (program director Maren Schreiber) has left us concerned about our future,” said Robin Coursen, spokesperson for the group and a parent of a child in the program.

  • Ripe for success: Creekside Cellars has grown into a thriving business

    You know it’s October when the grapes start to pile up in a parking lot in downtown Evergreen and Bill Donahue and his staff are making wine again.

    For Front Range dwellers, a trip to Creekside Cellars is like a visit to wine country without the trek to the Western Slope. All the wines served are processed and aged on site. Donahue, the owner, grows his own grapes on 10 acres on the Western Slope.

  • Fees, membership costs to increase in rec district

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is in a position to set aside money for the future as well as invest a projected $581,000 in physical improvements and surveys under the proposed $6.4 million budget for 2009.

    The new budget also includes an average 7 percent increase in fees for programs and classes.

    Daily admission rates for Wulf and Buchanan rec centers will increase 50 cents. Short- and long-term membership passes will increase an average of $9, a 10 percent boost.

  • Fire board approves $4.1 million budget for 2009

    At its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 19, the five-member board of directors voted 5-0 to approve the 2009 budget for the Evergreen Fire Protection District.

    The final version of the document outlining how the district is to spend $4.1 million was virtually the same as the one presented at a public hearing Nov. 12.

    Property tax revenue is expected to be $3.6 million in 2009, or the same as budgeted for 2008, with the possibility there might be another $43,000 in tax revenue based on the assessor’s most recent estimate.

  • Jazzman Howard Davis dies

    Evergreen resident Howard Davis, whose career as a jazz musician spanned 65 years and included stints with some of the greatest orchestras ever assembled, has died. He was 89.

    Davis’ working history was, in many ways, a history of the Jazz Age. His alto sax can be heard on literally thousands of recordings by some of the biggest names in American music.

  • Former Jeffco sheriff Cook found dead in his home

    Former Jeffco Sheriff Russ Cook was found dead in his home Nov. 21.

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office was asked to do a welfare check on Cook, who apparently had not been seen in several days, said Jim Shires, spokesman for the sheriff's office. A deputy found Cook dead on the floor.

    There were no apparent signs of foul play, and the Jefferson County coroner's office is investigating, Shires said.

  • Bear Mountain homeowners win water case

    After a 15-year battle, a group of tenacious Bear Mountain homeowners has won a state Supreme Court appeal vindicating their claim of insufficient groundwater for future subdivision development using underground wells.

    The case pitted the Bear Mountain Homeowners Association and Cragmont homeowners against local developer Ron Lewis of Buffalo Park Development Co.

    The fight has been going on ever since formidable neighborhood activists Maggie Cross and Jim Peterson spotted the sign revealing the developer’s plans on Bear Mountain Meadow 15 years ago.